Ben Brooks, over at his blog, The Brooks Review, has run a couple articles that have made my day:
These posts follow a new and seemingly suspecting (read: knowing) Windows buyer who has chosen a strange path to say the least: sticking with the PC after a horrible time over the first few days. You will have to read the saga via the above links and I hope there is more to come to be honest because I would love to see Ben’s reaction to more idiocy, but I have one comment.
Now you are saying that price doesn’t matter — all Windows computers crash? If you know that then why did you complain in the first place? Why did you buy Windows? *
*I know why, but I fear she doesn’t. She’s cheap/frugal.
As an IT guy, a Mac guy, and a frugal person all in one, I have a hard time believing that the reason why Ms. Oricchio would buy a Windows machine is due to frugality; don’t give us frugal people a bad name! I believe her motives to be more about naiveté than simply being cheap (especially since she seems to have no intention of taking the computer back). I can be downright stingy some times, but I see the value in the upfront purchase price of a Mac (not to mention the ridiculous resale value). Maybe the sentiment is that I am simply more interested in paying money upfront for a better user experience, which is of more value to me long term.
Did the Internet community peak at bookmarks? Asked in a different and perhaps more complete way: just as technologies like RSS and email in their purest forms are hard to beat even as technology marches forward, what better technology exists to keep track of information on the ever-expanding Internet than bookmarks? Taken a step further, what better way to share the bookmarked information than a site of your own? As such, I‘ve been reading, which is why I write now.
Working in and having a passion for libraries, I am struck by the fact that the way bookmarks work in the physical world is not directly analogous to bookmarks in the digital world. Bookmarks in the digital world are instead like dog-eared pages or highlighted passages; if you think of the Internet as a single tome, that is. In any case, anything that moves you to deface a book should probably be shared or become immortalized in some other way than just a reference for a future version of yourself.